Whether it is bread sticks, burgers, a side of chips, or even vegetable slices, you can give your taste buds a delight by dipping them in any of these five sauces. Add the following recipes to your arsenal for when next you're getting ready for game day!
1. Chipotle Aioli
The chipotle aioli is spicy and is best enjoyed with hamburgers and sandwiches. This recipe is the easiest way to add a spicy and tangy edge to an otherwise ordinary meal.
- 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (reserve 2 tsp of the Adobo Sauce)
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- Minced garlic
- 2 tsp Olive oil
- A squeeze or two of lemon juice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Scrape the sides as required and voila, your own homemade chipotle aioli.
2. Marinara Sauce
Marinara is a tomato sauce but it typically has a thin consistency and cooks very quickly. The traditional ingredients include tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions but you can modify it to fit your preferences. Marinara sauce is best enjoyed with mozzarella sticks.
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (or 1/8th tsp of garlic powder)
- 3 to 4 basil leaves, diced or 1 tsp freshly dried basil
- A pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
- Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree.
- Serve warm.
3. Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey mustard sauce was created and made popular by Hugh Fleming, a Chick-fil-A operator, in the 1980s. Fleming reportedly served the sauce when the company didn't have a dipping sauce on the menu yet, and it quickly became a fan favorite.
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Whisk all the ingredients together
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
4. Yum Yum Sauce
Yum Sauce is a staple at Japanese Hibachi restaurants but it is considered traditional in North America. For a smoky version to pair with grilled meats, add a dash of smoked paprika.
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 tsp rice wine vinegar (or water)
- 2 tsp white granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- Optional: hot sauce, cayenne, dried red pepper flakes, smoked paprika or sriracha
- Whisk all ingredients until combined.
- If the sauce is too thick, you can add a few teaspoons of water (1 tsp at a time).
- Let it cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
5. Avocado Ranch
Avocado ranch features an authentic combination of avocado and ranch. Although it is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients, it delivers authentic creaminess that goes perfectly with any finger food.
- 3/4 cup Sour Cream
- 1/4 cup Mayo
- 1 Avocado
- 1 tbsp Ranch seasoning (plus more if needed)
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Combine all ingredients, except water, into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste and add more ranch seasoning if needed.
- Add water a teaspoon at a time until the sauce reaches the desired thickness.
Which of these recipes will you be trying first?